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HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S

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Interface and Functionality:

If you are coming from Android, you'll be a bit miffed by the lack of homescreen widgets on the iPhone, but if you have only used iOS devices, you are likely not going to notice their absence. Still, HTC Sense is probably the most functional, good-looking and tightly integrated interface on Android, so we'd give it an edge compared to the icon grids on the iPhone 4S homescreens.

The interface of the HTC 
One S - HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S
The interface of the HTC 
One S - HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S
The interface of the HTC 
One S - HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S
The interface of the HTC 
One S - HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S

Interface of the Apple iPhone 4S  - HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S
Interface of the Apple iPhone 4S  - HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S
Interface of the Apple iPhone 4S  - HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S
Interface of the Apple iPhone 4S  - HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S

It mostly precludes you from having to download a bunch of 3rd party software to replace the default apps once you get the phone, and the new Sense 4.0 version is less visually cluttered than the previous editions, resulting in snappy performance. Not that the dual-core processors  on both the iPhone 4S and HTC One S, would have problems running any UI or 3rd party app you throw at them anyway.

Both interfaces play their respective branding roles well, though. When you hold and operate the iPhone, you immediately recognize this is an Apple device with iOS, and when you operate the HTC One S, you can tell right away that this is an HTC smartphone, and differentiation is key in the Android universe.


Messaging, Internet and Connectivity:

Despite the smaller size of the iPhone 4S, typing on the One S is very easy with one hand as well, thanks to its narrow and elongated profile. As far as the on-screen keyboards, both have well-spaced layouts, especially the one on the iPhone 4S, but how comfortable typing will be depends on the size of your digits, of course.

On-screen keyboard of the HTC One S - HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S
On-screen keyboard of the HTC One S - HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S

Portrait keyboard - Apple iPhone 4S - HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S
Landscape QWERTY - Apple iPhone 4S - HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S

Portrait keyboard

Landscape QWERTY


The HTC One S browser feels much choppier than the one on the iPhone 4S, mainly due to HTC's overzealous text reflow at each zoom level, but is more functional with its support for Adobe Flash. We also liked the scrolling inertia better on the One S, as with the iPhone 4S you can't flick as quickly to the end of the page or a long list as on HTC's device.  

The browser of the HTC One S - HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S
The browser of the HTC One S - HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S
The browser of the HTC One S - HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S
The browser of the HTC One S - HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S

Web 
browsing on the Apple iPhone 4S - HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S
Web 
browsing on the Apple iPhone 4S - HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S
Web 
browsing on the Apple iPhone 4S - HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S
Web 
browsing on the Apple iPhone 4S - HTC One S vs Apple iPhone 4S

HTC seems to have plundered the Reader view in Safari that came with the latest major iOS update. In its default browser now you can strip an article you found online from all ads, pics and distractions with a touch of the Read button left from the address bar, leaving you with an e-reader style layout of just the text body reflown to fit in the screen, and introduced on one page.

On paper the HTC One S supports 42Mbps HSDPA downloads, while the iPhone 4S has a 21Mbps radio, but in reality you'll be lucky if your HSPA+ 4G network can deliver even a quarter of those speeds. Both have Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS and wireless media streaming capabilities, and with both you have to use dongles to connect to the HDMI port on your TV for mirroring the screens.

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